'Multicultural' office hosts 'stab a Trumpkin' display
Image via Twitter: @michaeljhout
The Board of Multicultural Student Affairs at Providence College recently invited students to stab a “Trumpkin” as a way of relieving stress, eliciting outrage from conservative students.
“If you ever feel angry or stressed, feel free to stab Trumpkin,” stated a chalkboard message next to pumpkin with a pair of scissors stabbed into it in the Board’s office, a picture of which was tweeted by Michael Hout.
"I think it's an absolutely perfect example of the immaturity on the college campus today."
The “Trumpkin” first attracted the notice of the Providence College Republicans chapter, which complained that the exhibit was unnecessarily hostile toward conservatives.
“As your community leaders and republican representatives, we are deeply distressed at the implications of such a display,” the group said in a post on Facebook. “We personally feel responsible to not only make you aware of the highly disturbing imagery, but also to act as a resource for you if anyone feels threatened.”
The Facebook post also notes that around the same time that the display was in place, the campus was dealing with an incident involving a snapchat showing a student dressed up as Lil Wayne with a caption where the “n- word” was displayed.
“Many emails have been rightfully sent out by administration in response to the offensive Halloween snap-chat, yet absolutely no recognition of this ‘Trumpkin’ incident has been relayed to the student body,” the group pointed out. “It is our opinion that this incident, while obviously not racial in form, embodies many of the same immoral trends and problems that persist on this campus, and the lack of attention given to this incident is discouraging to our pursuit for inclusion and diversity.”
Associate Vice President of Providence College Steven Maurano confirmed the club’s claims in a statement to Campus Reform, but said that the “Trumpkin” was not an authorized display.
“The college administration learned about it late in the evening of 10/24. The display was removed by 9:00 am the following morning,” he asserted. “The display was NOT something that was authorized by the College administration.”
Stephen Cunnif, a senior at PC, called the display “inappropriate and distasteful” in an interview with Campus Reform, describing it as representative of the level of discourse that tends to prevail on college campuses.
“I think it's an absolutely perfect example of the immaturity on the college campus today,” he said. “Until young people come to understand what a liberal arts education means, college will continue to be the last four years of adolescence rather than the first four years of adulthood for many students.”
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